Recycler of the Year Awards

About the Awards:

Recycler of the Year awards spotlight individuals, businesses, government agencies and community organizations that are making outstanding contributions to expanding and strengthening recycling and waste prevention. WSRA welcomes nominations of individuals and organizations that have demonstrated noteworthy dedication, innovation and success in recycling initiatives across the state.

Award categories include but are not limited to: Individual Recycler, Public Agency, Institution, Non-Profit, Higher Education Institution, Business Generator, Public Education, Youth Education, Innovation, Nucor Steel Recycling Business, and the Recycling Hall of Fame.

A committee of recycling professionals and community members review Recycler of the Year nominations and select recipients, whose accomplishments are featured at our Annual Conference and Trade Show.

Nominations due by 5:00 PM on Friday, March 3, 2023  The WSRA recognizes people, businesses, programs, and organizations that demonstrate innovation and leadership in the field of waste reduction and recycling in Washington state.  Recycler of the Year recipients are selected by committee and are showcased at the organization’s annual conference. 

Recycler of the Year Categories

Recycling Hall of Fame: An individual who has made outstanding long-term (15-20 year) contributions to recycling in Washington.

Individual: An individual whose actions have significantly furthered recycling and waste prevention beyond the normal scope of their responsibilities.

Business Generator: A company whose primary business is not recycling that demonstrates outstanding accomplishments in recycling and waste prevention.

Higher Education Institution: An institution of higher education (college, university, secondary school or school district) that demonstrates outstanding accomplishments in recycling.

Innovation: Exceptional creativity in promoting waste prevention and recycling.

Institution: An institution that demonstrates significant accomplishments in recycling and waste prevention

Non-profit: A non-profit agency that demonstrates significant accomplishments in recycling and waste prevention.

Nucor Steel Recycling Business: A recycling company or organization whose work and/or innovation have furthered and improved recycling in Washington.

Public Agency: A public agency that creates programs that effectively increase recycling and waste prevention.

Public Education: Outstanding accomplishments in educating the general public about recycling and waste prevention.

Youth Education: Outstanding success in promoting youth involvement in recycling and waste prevention.

Other: A category not listed above that best suits the nominee’s accomplishments in promoting waste prevention and recycling

How to Submit a Nomination

WSRA is now accepting nominations for our 2023 Recycler of the Year Awards.
All nominations are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, March 3, 2023. The Awards Committee and Board of Directors will review all nominations and select the nominees!


Please submit your nomination through the form below or click to download the form and email to

View PDF Version of FormPLEASE NOTE: PDF form is only for reference. You must fill out the online form and submit electronically in order to complete a nomination.

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